History

IOBA was founded in 1999 by a group of concerned online booksellers. When the internet began to take on a life of its own around this time, and several pioneer used/out-of-print/antiquarian book search services opened their electronic doors for business, the booksellers who were really their partners in this new venture were thrilled with the results, as were our customers. Even at this early date, however, it became obvious that we needed to reconcile the wonderful efficiency and relative anonymity of online selling with the importance of maintaining traditional values. Forming a trade association gave us an opportunity to address the key issues of establishing trust between bookseller and book buyer, helping to train future generations of new booksellers, advocating for our members, and acting as a clearinghouse for information.

 

Presidents

current         Christine Volk, Bookfever.com

2012              Joachim Koch, Books Tell You Why

2010-2011     Karin Bergsagel, The Eclectic Bookworm

2008-2009    Shawn Purcell, Balopticon Books & Ephemera

2007              Michael Watson, 20 Ants

2005-2006    David Friedman, Barner Books/Bibliotique

2004              Shirley Bryant, Authors & Artists

2003              Maria Bustillos, Popula

2002              Julie Fauble, Century Books

2001                   Sally Hollingsworth, Book Crone

2001                   Jim Hart, The Published Page Book Shop

2000                  Deb Graham, Books By Blondie

1999                    Rik Pavlescak, Blue Monkey Books

 

IOBA Founders

Shirley Bryant, Authors & Artists; Julie Fauble; Century Books; Judy Gordon, Crowe’s Nest Books & Collectibles; Deb Graham, Books By Blondie; Sally Hollingsworth, Book Crone; Rik Pavlescak, Blue Monkey Books

 

In Memoriam

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